Volunteering at Minnetrista is a unique experience providing fulfillment to you as a volunteer as you help to improve visitor experience at Minnetrista. Help set up an exhibit, be an extra pair of hands in the gardens, work with children during Camp Minnetrista or help execute our annual events! Join us and discover a passion for service.

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Ways to Volunteer:

Craftsmanship

Do you have a knack for woodworking? Minnetrista houses a fully equipped woodshop and is always welcoming volunteers to help build exhibits or fulfill other hand created demands. Do you enjoy painting, welding or have other specific skills you would like to contribute to Minnetrista? We have many one-of-a-kind projects where specialized talents of others enhance the Minnetrista experience.

Education

Do you enjoy working with children and having fun? Discover many of our exciting volunteer opportunities during school breaks! It’s here that volunteers participate in and help with a wide variety of unique workshops, ranging from arts and crafts and jewelry making, to cooking, nature, and games.

Gardens & Horticulture

Do you enjoy working outdoors? Then sign up to volunteer with the horticulture crew! Work alongside our resident gardeners and other volunteers to assist the team with large planting projects and all sorts of outdoor projects. Volunteers are a huge help to the horticulture team and are guaranteed to learn as they serve!

There is always opportunity to work in urban garden spaces—small space gardening of edible plants. The Orchard Garden group maintains these sort of spaces by planting, weeding, and harvesting.

If you don’t have the time to commit regularly, or if you’re looking for an introduction to what volunteering with the horticulture team will look like, sign up for one of our one day volunteer events! Horticulture Volunteer Days allow volunteers to come to Minnetrista for a day and help maintain our lively gardens! Whether cleaning and preparing soil for future seeds or digging and planting, there’s always plenty of work to be done! All the dates for Horticulture Volunteer Days are listed in the Calendar of Events.

Library, Collections, & Archives

It’s all about the details. Do you enjoy history and heritage? Minnetrista’s Collections department welcomes you to help preserve the heritage of East Central Indiana through basic collections care techniques for objects and archival materials. Project integration may be tailored to a volunteer’s interests. Volunteers in this area are directly supervised by the Collections Department staff during weekday hours.

Minnetrista Orchard Shop

The Orchard Shop at Minnetrista provides opportunities for volunteers to tap into their customer service skills. September through December is a great time to volunteer, throughout the season we see increased consumer demand for Minnetrista’s apples and famous fresh apple cider. As a volunteer in the Orchard Shop at Minnetrista, your responsibilities will range from customer service and stock preparation to display organization and general maintenance. Other retail duties may be assigned to help maintain a hospitable environment. Our volunteers are a big part of what makes the Orchard Shop the inviting and lively environment our customers love!

Programs & Special Events

Create meaningful experiences for visitors during events such as Family Adventure Days, Twilight on the Boulevard, Enchanted Luminaria, Garden Fair, Summer Stage Fest, or Faeries, Sprites and Lights.